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12 Of The Greatest Players To Never Win A World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi once again failed to lift the FIFA World Cup trophy, joining a long list of football superstars who never won the tournament.

Click through the gallery above to see 12 of the greatest players who have never won a World Cup.

The superstar duo are arguably the two greatest players of their generation, but once again failed to claim the biggest trophy in the game.

While Ronaldo's Portugal were knocked out by Uruguay in Russia, Messi's Argentina were stopped by eventual winners France.

Both superstars have now taken part in three different World Cups, with the Argentine coming closest to lifting the famous Jules Rimet trophy but missing out to Germany in the final in 2014.

Messi and Ronaldo are not the only superstars who never won a World Cup. In fact, there are quite a few others, including Italy's Paolo Maldini. The defender took part in four different World Cups, namely in 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002, but his best finish was second place in 1994, when the Azzurri lost the final on penalties to Brazil.

Unfortunately, he retired from the national team in 2002, four years before Italy lifted their fourth World Cup trophy.

Read: Official: World Cup Player Of The Tournament Revealed

Another football great who never lifted the trophy despite coming very close is former Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn. He, too, lost a final against Brazil, when Ronaldo Nazario's brace in 2002 destroyed his dreams of winning the tournament.

Click through the gallery above to see more superstars who never won the World Cup, and let us know, in the comments section below, who you believe is the greatest player to never lift the trophy.


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